Coping With Stress Strategies in HIV-infected Iranian Patients

Mahmoudi, M. and Dehdari, T. and Shojaeezadeh, D. and Abbasian, L. (2015) Coping With Stress Strategies in HIV-infected Iranian Patients. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 26 (4). pp. 464-471.

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Stress has significant adverse impacts on health outcomes of HIV-infected patients. Our study explored coping with stress strategies by HIV-infected Iranian patients. A qualitative content analysis study was conducted at the Consultation Clinic of HIV at the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, Iran in 2012. Twenty-six semi-structured in-depth interviews were done. Participants were asked about coping strategies for stress. After the first interview, continuous analysis of data was started and continued up to data saturation. Results showed that participants used two categories of strategies (emotion-based coping and problem-based coping) to cope with stress. Emotion-based coping had two sub-themes: adaptive and maladaptive. The problem-based coping category had three sub-themes: participation in education sessions, adherence to medication, and efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Explanations of different strategies available to HIV-infected patients to cope with stress may help develop tailored interventions to improve the psychological conditions of people living with HIV. © 2015 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

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